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35 Weeks Pregnant
June 7, 2022

35 Weeks Pregnant

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35 Weeks Pregnant

How Big Is Your Baby at 35 Weeks?

Your baby is 18.2 inches long this week and weighs 5.3 pounds. That’s about the size of a George Foreman Grill.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 35 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 35 Weeks

With only five more weeks to go, your baby is doing some powerhouse development moves. Here’s to know about your baby at 35 weeks.

  • Kidneys and liver: In fetal development news, your baby’s kidneys and liver are in working order and starting to, um, process.
  • Slower growth: Around now, your baby’s growth starts to plateau a bit. They’re still packing on the ounces, getting properly chubby, but they’ll only grow a couple more inches before birth.
  • Listening in: Your baby’s hearing has undergone a lot of development. They’ve been listening to your voice for a while now, and may also recognize your partner’s now too. Your baby may even react to high-pitched or loud noises.

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35 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound


Your Body: 35 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

While your baby is busy putting the final touches on development, you may be feeling like you’re about ready to meet your little one. Being 35 weeks pregnant is no small task! Here’s what to expect at 35 weeks.

  • Braxton Hicks contractions: Feeling some tightness across your tummy? Those cramping sensations are probably Braxton Hicks contractions getting you ready for labor. (See below for more on this early sign of labor.)
  • Fatigue: It’s totally understandable if you’re exhausted right now. You’re carrying 25 to 35 extra pounds everywhere you go. Plus, getting quality sleep is tough when you can’t get comfy! Give yourself permission to take a nap over the weekend or go to bed early.
  • Shortness of breath: If your baby hasn’t dropped yet, they’re probably crowding your lungs more and more. You might find you’re out of breath when you take the stairs or hustle on your way to work. Try to take it a little easier, so you don’t risk fainting.
  • Sore hips: Your joints and ligaments are getting softer to ready for baby’s trip down the birth canal. Because of this, you might notice a bit of instability or soreness through your hip area.
  • Frequent urination: You’re running out of room for anything new in there, including pee. So trips to the bathroom probably are a frequent occurrence these days.

Top Tip for 35 Weeks Pregnant

Download a good contraction app timer so you’ll be ready before active labor starts. (Here are ones for iPhone and Android.)

Your Life at 35 Weeks Pregnant

With just over a month until your due date, things are getting real. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy before you head into the final weeks.

  • Good idea: As you write your birth plan, also think about what you want and need from family members and close friends before, during and after delivery. Do you want family in the delivery room? Or would you rather keep it private? How about visitors to the hospital? And will anyone be there to help once you’re back home? Setting clear expectations—and clear boundaries, if need be—up front will be one less thing for you to worry about when the big day comes.
  • Thinking ahead: Before your baby makes their debut, take an infant CPR class. You’ll feel better knowing you have the information and practice you need to keep your baby safe in case of an emergency.
  • Baby name game: How big is your baby name list? If you haven’t decided on a clear winner, now is a great time to start narrowing down your top favorites. And if you’ve already made your pick, remember, it’s okay to change your mind. It’s a really big decision, after all.
  • Gear to buy: Two words: nursing tanks. These breathable tops are so great if you decide to breastfeed. They can be worn alone on a hot day, to bed for easy access and support at night, or underneath a cozy sweater during cooler months. Pick a few colors and styles and say hello to your new parent-of-a-newborn uniform.

When Will My Baby Be Considered Full Term?

Your pregnancy will officially be considered full term at 39 weeks, so you only have four weeks to a fully baked babe!

In the past, any pregnancy lasting at least 37 weeks was considered “term.” But in recent years, OBs have better refined the classification, since every week can make a big difference in fetal development. Babies born at 37 and 38 weeks aren’t always as ready for the world as those born at 39 and 40 weeks are, since the brain, lungs, vision, hearing and more are still developing, and they’re putting on important weight. Babies born at 41 weeks on could be at higher risk for complications your doctor would want to monitor you for. So it now goes like this:

Early term: 37 weeks pregnant through the end of 38 weeks pregnant

Full term: 39 weeks pregnant through the end of 40 weeks pregnant

Late term: 41 weeks pregnant through the end 41 weeks

Postterm: 42 weeks pregnant and beyond

The gist is that if you’re scheduling a c-section or an induction, don’t be in a rush. Waiting until at least 39 weeks is ideal. Of course, if your baby decides they’re ready to arrive (meaning: you go into labor on your own), you’ll just have to go with their flow!

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Your 35 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Your uterus has slowly been moving up your abdomen and now probably reaches under your rib cage. Crazy, right? Soon, your baby may start to move farther downward to get ready for birth.

Your baby’s movements might noticeably change now, since there’s less room for them to move around in there. For example, there might be fewer sharp kicks and more wiggles and squirms. You should keep up the kick counts though, since the sensations might feel different but they should be just as often as usual. Any decreases or times when there’s fewer than 10 movements in two hours should be reported to your healthcare provider.

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35 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Check with your health insurance provider to see how to add your baby to your plan after they’re born.
  • Get your Group B Strep test, or schedule it for between now and 37 weeks pregnant.
  • Have your partner, a reliable friend or a car seat safety technician install the car seat (after reading the manual thoroughly).
  • Wash a fitted crib sheet and all your baby clothes in newborn and 0- to 3- month sizes, so they’re ready for baby’s arrival. Here are some baby-friendly detergents too.
  • Revisit your list of baby names. If you already made a choice, do you still love it? If you still have a list of a few possibilities, can you narrow it down some more?
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